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urgeent. u.s. and allied forces firing on libya igniting the biggest international military effort since the iraq war. this is a special edition of the fox report. new images showing u.s. navy ships firing missiles at qaddafi air defenses and teeping up with britain,itiny and canada all to support a rebel uprising in that country. it appears on the verge of defeat. secretary of state hillary clinton said left unchecked qaddafi will commit unspeakable atrocities . the first shots coming from french fighter jets. a plane shot down over the outskirts of benghazi bursting in flames . crashed and sending thick black smoke in the sky. rebels, cheering and celebrating as international forces move in tryying to protect them. so far 112 cruz missiles launched near tripoli. we have fox news team coverage on the ground . mike emanuel is traveling with the president in brazil and steve first in tripoli. steve, any reaction from qaddafi to the air trikes? >>reporter: john, what we heard from qaddafi in the past several days. one of defiance and he said he will retaliate against military or civilian t
. a simpler way to ship. >> u.s. officials confirms to fox news. qaddafi air defenses are seriously disabled. it is too early to predict what they might do in response to today's strike. >> new images shows u.s. navy ships firing missiles and teeping wup britain, france and canada and italy to enforce a no fly zone all to support a rebel uprising in that country until now appeared on the verge of defeat. even before the attack a libyan fighter jet hit boy rebel fire or a coalition plane. the rebels on the ground cheered and celebrating. as international forces move in. 114 tomahawk cruise missiles fired thus far and targeting 20 sites near tripoli. we have live coverage on the ground. molly henningberg has the u.s. reponce. we begin with steve harington streaming live from tripoli. steve. >>reporter: a message of defiance from qaddafi. he said the attackers are colonialist and where onist who want to take over libyan oil. this time he was in a curious move it is a phone conversation recorded and that may speak to his ability to have communications or he could be in hiding. it is not clear. h
. this is overnight videotape from the u.s. navy, a u.s. coalition launching two nights of punishing air attacks targeting mommar gadhafi's forces, b52 bombers, jet fighters, more than 120 tom hawk cruise missiles, scattering progovernment forces on the ground in libya, the long time leader vowing a long war ahead. good morning, everybody. we've got it all covered for you. what a way to start a weefnlgt i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom". good morning to you martha. martha: good morning, bill. i am martha maccallum. an international air assault, all but crippling libya's air defenses, that according to the u.s. military. listen to this: >> there has been no new air activity by the regime and we have de tented no radar emissions from the defense sites targeted and there has been a significant decrease in the use of all libyan air surveillance radar which is most of those appear to be limited now only to the areas around tripoli and surt. we are not ruling out strikes against valid targets when and if the need arises. martha: there you have it, u.s., british and french planes blastin
with u.s. ambassador to the u.n., susan rice. >> brown: then, we get the latest on the radiation containment efforts in japan as the government there raises the alert level. >> suarez: plus jeffrey kaye, in beijing, has chinese reaction to the japanese nuclear crisis. >> the nation is in the process of building 37 new nuclear pourpts, and is now reexamining safety. >> brown: mars and david brooks provide their weekly analysis. >> suarez: and fred de sam lazaro gets a rare look inside syria, where the government is just beginning to be challenged by protesters. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> okay, listen. somebody has got to get serious. >> i think... >> we need renewable energy. >> ...renewable energy is vital to our planet. >> you hear about alternatives, right? wind, solar, algae. >> i think it's going to work an a big scale. only, i think it's going to be affordable. >> so, where are they? >> it has to work in the real world. at chevron, we're investing millions in solar and biofuel technology to ma
and slaughtering his people. now new signs the u.s. navy is ready to take action. and the crisis in japan. experts raise the threat level now amid severe damage at the nuclear plant at fukushima. a high probability of significant public exposure even death. i'm serpd smith live in new york. the news starts now. >> helicopters, water canons, they tried fire hoses. now, it may be time to try something else. tonight, exploring the chernobyl option. is libya backing down? after the united nations okayed a no-fly zone, the regime reportedly declared a cease-fire. what's really going on on the ground. >> this is a fluid and dynamic situation. >> once more, my maury qaddafi has a choice. >> tonight, is is qaddafi playing games and is it time to use force? >> shepard: first from fox this friday night, a fox news alert the libyan government denies that military forces plan to enter the rebel held strong hold of benghazi in the eastern part of that country. this, an official admits that the army in that area but says that their presence does not violate the cease-fire that tripoli announced earlier today. >
-country, 5-day tour, meant to establish u.s. ties and to reconfirm and build some of those ties, so he takes a lot of criticism for this trip as you well know having watched the coverage over the last several days as the attack on libya was ramping up. bill: in the meantime president obama suggesting libyan people are ready to move on without qaddafi from an interview late last night. >> we believe it's not a matter of military might, but instead an idea that comes to the libyan people that it's time for a change that ends up ultimately sweeping qaddafi out of power. bill: that may be the case in the end. so far though that's not happened. new videotape you can watch from tripoli, the libyan capitol, this as car daie appearing -- this is qaddafi appearing last night in front of a crowd, it looks like several thousand people in a field, at the same palace that was bombed two days ago by these tomahawk cruise missiles launched by the british into that palace. want to bring in this map now and show you the theater of operations throughout the entire mediterranean and europe. there are so
after the killing of u.s. immigration agent in mexico. american agents cannot legally carry guns south of the border. at today's news conference near president said that should change. each points out the americans are there in a support role and not as law enforcement officers as well. both presidents promised to do more to protect u.s. agents working in mexico. >> i assure you that we will be examining all our procedures and protocols in terms of how our agents travel throughout mexico and we will be working in close contact with mexican law enforcement, who i'm sure will have important advice in terms of how we operate in that region. >> shepard: and now there has been a gruesome killing on this side of the border. experts call it a first for mexican drug lords. and cops say the cartels are trying to send a very clear message right here in the united states. that message and the rest of the day's news coming up from the journalists of fox news tonight on "the fox report." are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? the experts at imperial
on intelligence operations and had been careful to what president obama had said publicly that no u.s. ground troops will be sent into libya. but, u.s. officials say there are small cia teams on the ground in eastern libya trying to fair ret out who are the leaders of the opposition? what are their motivations? what do they want for libya. said to be a special. there have been cia operatives in benghazi. when that f-15 jet went down last week and the two pilots ejected. we know one of them ended up in benghazi and some u.s. undercover agents were able to get him out of the country. shep? >> shepard: without some sort of help, it's widely believed or further help i should say it's widely belief these rebels trying to overthrow the government can't win. new debate in washington whether to give those rebels weapons. how is that going? >> that's a tough question, because some military leaders have said they have seen, quote, flickers of al qaeda involvement with the rebels and clearly nobody at the white house or no lawmaker on capitol hill wants to arm a terrorist. the white house said today tha
of terrorism after the u.s. drops 40 missiles and tomahawk cruise missiles targets sites. >> steve: joining us from the site where that plane was shot down yesterday, rick, do we know, whose plane was that and who did shoot it down? >> reporter: we can confirm now who that plane belonged to. we believe we're the only network have located the fighter jet that shot down out of the skies of benghazi, yesterday morning. behind me is the engine of that jet, the wings, char pieces remains and the photographer was rolling on the jet that was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed into that area on the southern edge of the city and what we're hearing from locals is that they believe the pilot, who was an opposition fighter as opposed to gaddafi directed this wounded jet into this area that's unpopulated and old adoption home. and the pilot put the jet here and we know that the pilot had a family and ejected far too late and we found the harness from his ejecting seat out of the seat itself and to clear up confusion we found a tail section of the jet pointed with the old royal jet and the new flag for t
at a major u.s. airport, the very same one where an air traffic controller fell asleep on the job. the close call this time around. >> and she said mexican pirates killed her husband while they were jet skiing on a border lake between texas and mexico. now six months later his body hasn't been found, no one has been arrested. the latest on the investigation, plus what she is vowing to do. it's all new, it's all live, it's "happening now". >>> hi everybody. we have a whole lot of ground to cough today. we're so glad you're with us. i'm jenna lee. jon: we do indeed. i'm jon scott. "happening now", nato takes charge of air operations in libya as the fighting intensifies in one strategic oil town. those are antiqaddafi rebels, giving it all they've got, trying to retake control of brega as they come under rocket fire from pro qaddafi forces, the opposition getting hit hard in other parts of the cup as well. jenna: the u.s. considering a plan to arm the rebels, even though nato's chief is opposed to the idea. right now the cia has operatives on the ground in libya. jon: meantime a sign that qadda
in the u.s. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii, alaska, or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> shepard: but environmental regulators say they have deployed more radiation monitors in the western united states and in pacific territories just to be on the safe side. we are watching for more news on that power cable that teams are trying to use to restart the nuclear water pumps. we will bring you more information as it comes in. new video from the first desperate moments after the tsunami struck here in japan. we'll see how people tried to get out of the way as the water rushed toward them and how ordinary citizens jumped into action to rescue complete strangers. and breaking now we're tracking the action in libya where colonel muammar qaddafi is now threatening fresh action against his own people. even as the united nations has just made a move to try to protect them. it's breaking news involving a no-fly zone and it's coming up as fox reports live tonight from tokyo. for pain? oh, bayer aspirin? i'm not having a heart attack. it's my back. it wor
: secretary of defense robert gates from over the weekend saying libya is not an imminent threat to the u.s. but the director saying the u.s. clearly has an interest there. is that good enough? chuck nash, sir, good morning to you. there was a lot said over the weekend, some view it as conflicts statements, others say no, this gives us greater clarification. take robert gates. what do you make of his comment? >> i think he was spot on. this is not in critical national interest for the united states, however, we do have interests in the region with tunisia on one side and ejit on the other side. bill: hillary clinton said something i thought was a little more -- i thought it was revealing. she said there was no perfect option and i think everybody that looks at this, yeah, that's right, hopefully that's why you took military action. hopefully we'll have a clarification continue. -- tonight. are they split or on the same side? >> i think there was u animinity before this was launched and secretary of state clinton said something else on another network. after isn't gates said no, it's not in
tap all of the potential. we have lots of things in common with the u.s., vast generous territory, hard-working people. we do not have racial problems that affect african countries or the wars that were waged in europe or the religious conflict of europe itself and, therefore, latin america, is called to compromise or, rather, commit with its own fate. and, therefore, we are looking forward to president obama's words. we are all left-handed. we have many coincidences. we studied at harvard. we are sports american. i continues to a basketball player and i watts, as well. and the first lady of the united states is very good looking, and president obama has said the same about the first lady of chile. there are plenty of coincidences but the most important is what we will find this afternoon. and i could suggest president obama, we hope to have partnership that is ... one where we all the responsibility ies and we have never had to face major problems but a partnership of collaboration. between latin america and the united states, sharing values, principles and a common vision. and t
is representation of coalition strikes against khadafy's ground maneuver forces ten miles south of benghazi. 15 u.s. air force and marine corps aircraft participated as well as from france and great britain. they were backed up by u.s. navy providing electronic warfare report. reports are coming in but we judge these to have been quite successful as halting the regime's ground movement. highlighted are still shots from the weapon systems video. benghazi is not complete safe from the attack but under less threat than it was yesterday and suffering from isolation and good deal of confusion. next slide, please. you can see here basically lay down of how we see the battle space today with the regime forces more pressed and less free to maneuver before operations commenced we now have the capability to patrol the airspace over libya, shifting to more consistent and persistent air presence. as the mullen reported, the no-fly zone is effectively in place. let me conclude, this is an international effort designed to enforce a u.n. mandate and since i spoke to you last the coalition has been joined by force
of a new partnership to fight distracted driving. a partnership between "consumer reports" and the u.s. department of transportation. the transportation secretary ray la hood says distracted driving killed nearly 5500 people in 2009. joran van der sloot, the key suspect in the 2005 disappearance of the american teenager natalee holloway will plead guilty to the killing of another woman last year in peru, so says his lawyer. and says the 23-year-old will argue temporary temporary insanity to try to shorten his sentence. van der sloot met with the woman while gambling last may. joran van der sloot's lawyer says he plans to argue that his client killed 21-year-old stefanie florist because she had learned of his relation to the holloway case while using his lap top. van der sloot is not formally charged in that case. a 20-year-old police chief who had accepted the job as police chief of a violent mexican border town is now without a job. garcia fired today for abandoning her post. according to a statement from the city there, the police chief had been granted permission to travel to the un
traffic control procedures. u.s. transportation secretary ray lahood calling for at least two air traffic controllers now to man overnight shifts. this after a controller at d.c.'s reagan national airport reportedly fell asleep and two planes couldn't get in touch with the tower after mid night just trying to land. both had to go in for a landing on their own. toes your headlines. >> five hour energy ran out and two planes had to do their own thing. >> i'm sure nothing's down there on the runway. let's cross our fingers. let's talk a little bit about what's going on right now. in libya, new video just in, one of qaddafi's bases reportedly destroyed by u.s. coalition air strikes. look at these pictures, showing a flaming wreckage overnight and qaddafi's compound in tripoli also reportedly targeted again and was struck. the commander of britain's royal air force says libya's air force no longer exists. >> so now that we also have an exclusive story that came to us, i think james rosen and jennifer griffin working on this together. essentially, there might be some break as we try to find o
the credibility because of the discrepancy between what the u.s. is saying and what the japanese government is saying. >> is the japanese government shooting straight on the nuke radiation threat? we have comprehensive analysis. >> i am so relieved we had this emergency session so we finally get these guys off my radio. >> juan: a democratic congressman getting a little hysterical over the prospect of defunding npr. we'll show you his shocking outburst on the house floor. >> kudos to you. >> juan: caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> juan: hi, i'm juan williams in for bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. no talking points memo but lots of big, big stories. in a moment we will bring you update on the nuclear radiation threat in japan. but we start tonight in libya after weeks of dithering the united nations finally authorized a no-fly zone just last night. but that didn't stop colonel muammar qaddafi. today as his forces bombarded the rebel held city of misurata with tanks and heavy artillery. killing 25. including several little girls.
's commitment to the cease-fire. it was originally a french-sponsored resolution, french and the brits. the u.s. got on board yesterday and it passed and now the president is being criticized and defended by both parties. it's not breaking down along ideological lines and there are a lot of concerns about whether the united states can afford this effort, whether this turns into nation-building, whether the president needed to go to the congress to get permission to do this and he, himself, may have suggested when he was a candidate what the president of the united states would do in a situation like this and whether the u.s. can sit back and not do anything in terms of getting involved in this battle, as we have been for weeks. some of the questions examined during today's show. in the meantime, another fox news alert. major developments in the battle over union rights and the budget in wisconsin. a judge has just temporarily blocked a new state law from taking effect. he's issued a temporary restraining order saying it will not go into effect. that law was hard fought over in wisconsin and eli
to be qaddafi's presidential compound. still, both the brits and the u.s. military leaders say qaddafi is not the target of this mission. >> this is not about going -- going after qaddafi himself or attacking him at this particular point in time. it's about achieving these narrow and relatively limited objectives so that he stops killing his people and so humanitarian support can be provided. >> still, certainly it is sys m symbolic to the libyan leader can hit his home. our defense secretary says the u.s. role in this effort should begin to diminish. >> we expect that in a matter of days to be able to turn over the primary responsibility to others. we will continue to support the coalition. we will be a member of the coalition. we will have a military role in the coalition. but we will not have the pre-eminent role. >> admiral mullin says that support role will include intelligence support, jamming capabilities and assistance with the overall mission and the no-fly zone. back to you guys in new york. >> thanks for setting the table. john kerry, seniator sessions, admiral mullin, e
be harmful here in the united states or any of the u.s. territories. i will turn it over to dan then. >> thank you and good morning. we have continued working very hard in consultation with our great friends and strong allies in japan, as they've come to terms and wrestled with this challenging situation. most of you know that our equipment that we sent over to support them has arrived on a c-17. we sent a team of 33 additional people which were in addition to the six people we already had out there in japan. they had over 17,000 pounds of equipment with them. they've unpacked that. they've taken the two pods that do the aerial measurement of ground depositions and mounted them, one on a fixed-wing aircraft and one on a helicopter and we flew those aircraft on their first missions. we've been collecting information as they've come back. we're in the process of sharing that information with our japanese hosts and while that's still being looked at, preliminary indications are that they're consistent with the recommendations that came down from the nuclear regulatory commission. so ind
about in 2010 there were 14 near misses at reactor sites in the u.s. alone those could be major issues and relatively minor. they were considered near misses and two of them were security breaches. which is, you know, it's classified exactly what happened. but the fact is that you never hear about the near misses. you only hear about when something happens. >> juan: you think the japanese government has been lying? >> i don't know. it's very difficult to say. is tepco pulling a bp and saying hey, it's really not as bad as we said? >> juan: that's tokyo electric power. >> yeah. are they pulling the same thing we saw last year with the bp oil spill? it's fine, it's fine, it's fine. it's telling that the u.s. military came and said hey we would like to clear a 50-mile radius off of this. u.s. experts both international and u.s. nuclear experts came in and said that i mean, that's very telling. >> juan: richard, what do you say to that? this is a signal this is the end of nuclear power in the world. it's just too dangerous. it might be a small chance of a problem, but if there is a problem
begins anew. and the fight over the federal budget heads to the u.s. senate. lawmakers prepare to vote on two very different plans to keep the government running. fair and balanced. we're live on capitol hill. >> in box two, the key suspect in the disappearance of natalee holloway now appearing to plead guilty to another crime. what it could mean for the case coming up. and in box three, new questions over the accused tucson shooter's mental state and what prosecutors want to send jared loughner all ahead unless breaking news changes everything. in "studio b." but, first from fox at 3:00 in new york, muammar qaddafi reportedly gaining ground now in the effort to crush the libyan uprising. and air power is the dictator's biggest advantage. government war planes launching new strikes from above target the rebels in the oil port and adding pressure on the international community to set up a no-fly zone. is that the right thing to do? there is word muammar qaddafi has recaptured one city which is 30 miles to the we have the cap dallas, and the city is in ruins. libyan state television is n
for the weeks to come. sandra thank you very much. jon: there is breaking news on the fate of four u.s. times journal lises who had been reported missing in libya. they were captured by forces loyal to moammar gadhafi and they will be released today. they last had been in contact with their editors on tuesday in a northern port city, that's where they were covering the repeat of rebel forces. jenna: fox news has teams on the ground in tripoli, also benge aras you saw rick leventhal there. we are also reporting from the white house, the pentagon. we are reporting this story from every angle. for the latest log onto we foxnews.com and check it out. jon: breaking news, japan's nuclear agency is raising the severity of its nuclear accident putting it on par with the 1979 three-mile island accident in this country in pennsylvania. this as crews wage a frantic effort to try to cool down the radioactive fuel rods. they are spraying water on the damaged reactors from military fire trucks. workers also are racing to restore power at the crippled reactors. electricity will hopefully restart the pumps n
. here's what the u.s. surgeon general vice admiral benjamin has to say about it. >> we're exposed to radiation every day in our world and our society. but they are levels that are not harmful. and the harmful levels are not coming. so i think, listen up for your local and state health departments. the government is constantly monitoring. if there is any concern, we will certainly get that message out to you here quickly but right now you're not at risk. >> meanwhile, here in the bay area, the university of california berkeley, scientists have already discovered what they say are radioactive particles from that plume coming from japan. they have made some measurements. they say there's a whole soup of different kinds of particles that are reaching here but they say so far the levels are all very low. by comparison, one uc-berkeley professor said, the amount of radiation you get this plume would be less than you would get on an airplane flight across the country. frank? >> even so, though, don, i know a lot of people, we had stories earlier this week that they were buying those, wha
. in about 40 minutes, u.s. ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, speaks with reporters at the white house. and in about an hour, british prime minister david cameron on why his government's actions on libya. on "washington journal," we will talk about federal spending with democratic representative marcia fudge of ohio, and republican senator mark kirk of illinois. and then we will speak with an ambassador. "washington journal" is live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern. >> you are watching c-span bringing politics and public affairs. >> you are watching c-span, bringing you politics and public affairs. every morning it is "washington journal," our live call-in program about the news of the day, connecting you with elected officials, policymakers, and journalists. weekdays, watch live coverage of the u.s. house, and on weeknights, congressional hearings and policy forums. also supreme court oral arguments. on the weekends, you can see our signature interview programs. on saturdays, "the communicators," and on sundays, "newsmakers," "q&a," and prime minister's questions from the british house
, fest snag in the no-fly zone. a u.s. jet fighter, f-15 crashed due to technical reasons just outside of the rebel stronghold of benghazi. it crashed in the feel. both crew members able to eject. both crew members safely out of the country. right now, qaddafi forces are dug in and according to the admiral in charge of coalition forces, they are attacking civilians that violates the u.n. security council resolution. this will be the first major test in an urban environment of how air power can help remove dug in government forces. in tripoli, libya, steve harrigan, fox news. >> thanks very much. just touched on the most important thing right now and that is the guys are driving around and killing people on the street. that people in tripoli say what we really need here is a no drive zone. >> that's what senator john mccain asked for. you have to ask yourself this. the minute we said there's going to be some action and we're going to do it to protect the libyan people. we find out that the libyan forces went right into the second biggest city that the rebels held so they start wiping th
anything. >>alisyn: and he called it racist saying the u.s. and others are colonizing libya. muammar qaddafi is claiming there is a cease-fire and then, yet, going on, to say all of this stuff, they are massacring us and imposing a no-fly zone after the other and one military attack after another. this is hatred and racism. >> there are fears of terrorism in the united states in the allied power that will take on this effort in libya and that has been made clear by the white house. we have to also understand based upon muammar qaddafi's history of being allied with the greatest terrorists of the 20th century and the strongman dictators there will be a military response and we see it today, obviously not keeping the cease-fire. >> we will bring you the latest from libya all morning and we have a few other headlines. starting with this news alert. video giving us a look at the containment efforts going on at the nuclear sites in japan, spraying the reactors with water to keep temperatures down and stop a melt down. the real goal to restore the electric cooling pump. workers connected a
] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> more now on libya from the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rise. she spoke to reporters for about 20 minutes at the white house before the daily briefing. >> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. as i mentioned this morning, we have with us today the united states ambassador to the united nations susan rice and was in a meeting with the president and u.n. secretary general and i would like her to speak about that meeting and she'll take questions from you and i'll step aside. thanks. >> thank you very much. good afternoon, everyone. i want to give you a brief readout of the president's meeting with the u.n. secretary general. as you might expect, significant portion of that meeting was devoted to discussing the situation in libya. the u.n. has played a positive and very important role in efforts to end the bloodshed there and hold the gaddafi regime accountable and support the libyan people. in libya, the united nations is demonstrating the indispensible role it can play in advancing our interests and defending ou
to his people. i also have stated that it is u.s. policy that qaddafi needs to go go. and we've got a wide range of tools in our military efforts to support that policy. we were very rapid in initiating unilateral sanctions and then helping to mobilize international sanctions against the qaddafi regime. >> rose: joining me now from the eastern city of tobruk is richard engel, chief foreign correspondent for nbc news. >> it's a pleasure, charlie. >> rose: what's your sense of this war? what factors on the ground influence the way you see it? >> the rebels here obviously are very excited that they finally have international support, particularly american support they feel that they have suddenly been recognized by the greatest military in the world, the u.s. military, and that army and air strikes and naval strikes will carry them to tripoli. i'm not sure if that's what the intended message is from the united states but it's how it's been perceived here and the rebel strategy seems to be allow the air strikes to continue to decimate qaddafi's army and they can do this very slow march
: and in a speech to the nation tonight, president obama defends u.s. involvement. >> brown: plus, we update the spiraling nuclear crisis in japan, where new radiation levels have been found in the air, seawater, and soil around the fukushima plant. >> ifill: and ray suarez talks to marcia coyle about today's supreme court free speech arguments involving a campaign finance law in arizona. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: having the security of a strong financial partner certainly lets you breathe easier. for more than 140 years, pacific life has helped millions of americans build a secure financial future. wouldn't it be nice to take a deep breath and relax? your financial professional can tell you about pacific life, the power to help you succeed. >> you can't manufacture pride, but pride builds great cars. and you'll find in the people at toyota, all across america. chevron. we may have more in common than you think. and by bnsf railway. and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserv
? >> now, some in the media are panicking about possible radiation from japan. coming to the u.s.a. we will take a look at that also tonight, dennis miller on libya. bill maher calls sarah palin another nativity i can't man -- nasty name. and john travolta wants you to be safe. >> this is your captain speaking. >> bill: caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. would you stand by and watch someone be murdered? that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. as you may know, i'm a simple man. i break down the news in very basic terms. so, let's do that with libya. we begin with the quote the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. that is certainly true, don't you think? evil wins if it's not confronted and history proves it. libya we know that qaddafi is evil. is he a terrorist, he murders people. we also know that some brave rebels finally moved against him. because of rebels are not well-armed or organized, qaddafi's mercenaries are able
even though libya is not vital to u.s. interests? that's the question. joining us now, dick morris, former advisor to president clinton and the author of the new book "revolt." all right. that's the question for you. >> well, i think that -- i wrote this in a column on my web site dickmorris.com. this guy is playing checkers when he should be playing chess. he's moving the pieces one at a time without thinking five moves down the road. so ok, we're intervening from the air to protect civilians from mass slaughter. all right, that's good right now. now, what happens if we can't get rid of qaddafi and he continues to slaughter the people? you're going to send in ground troops or just say, ok, now we'll turn a blind eye. let's say we get rid of qaddafi and then an iraq style civil war breaks out where his cronies and political party goes underground challenging the rebels with ongoing terrorist tactics like happened in iraq. are we going to turn a blind eye to that? at what point do you disengage. at what point do the libyan rebels take over and turn out to be heavily infiltrated by a
from muammar qaddafi's troops as they try to retake a city near tripoli. the u.s. moving naval forces closer to the country in case civil war breaks out and the european union slapping an embargo on the country. no-fly zone is still on the table. that's not keeping from laughing at calls -- at qaddafi at laughing at calls for him to resign. he spoke to abc news. >> the leaders of britain and other leaders are calling on you to step down, to leave libya, to leave your position of power. will you do that? >> [laughing] who would leave his homeland? why do i leave my homeland? >> is that a "saturday night live" skit? it's a joke, i know. >> it looked like one. >> qaddafi denied he's firing on his own people, that's no joke and blames the violence on al-qaida. the worst night over in the midwest where overnight rain, hail and tornadoes destroyed homes and lives. let's go out to chattanooga, tennessee. firefighters pulled an elderly man out from under his home after a tree collapses on it. his injuries luckily not life threatening but the news not so good in franklin county, tennessee,
that the u.s. finally got involved. the majority of americans believe that was the right move. i said last week, you can't criticize the president on that. it's the timing. it's the timing of this issue and then what was the full fledged mission down the road. and you start adding up now the costs, this is what i think is going to wake up america. do you know that already, this has cost us $1 billion? each one of those tomahawk missiles, 140 of them ohave bee used. $30 million a piece. that f-15 that crash landed $30 million. what about the united states starts arming the rebel? we're talking about billions of dollars here. we have an economic crisis on the home front. >> let's talk about somebody else. is there any doubt in our foreign policy when you look at people that are thorns in our side, it's iran and syria. for some reason, this administration has looked at the eye doctors and said he's a reformer. he's going to bring change. i can't see any change that's good. hezbollah has been financed. hamas has been financed. their allegiance with iran has never been stronger. now, something
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